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49th Minute, Juan Cayasso, Costa Rica v Scotland, 1990 World Cup Group Stage
Context
Costa Rica headed into their first ever World Cup as champions of the CONCACAF region for the third time. Costa Rica had suffered from the fact CONCACAF were only allowed to send one team to the World Cup for many years. In the sixties they had a particularly strong squad but lost out to Mexico in qualifying on three occasions. They qualified for the 1990 World Cup in Italy by winning the tenth and last edition of the CONCACAF Championship which served as qualification to the World Cup as well.
Scotland were to be their opposition in the first match of Italia ’90. The Tartan Army were playing in their fifth consecutive World Cup and their seventh in total. Scotland had become famous at the World Cup for not being able to get past the first round but when they were drawn with 1000/1 outsiders Costa Rica and a mediocre Sweden they were very confident they would be able to get through despite the presence of Brazil in the group too.

The Goal
Just after half-time Costa Rica shock the Tartan Army with a beautifully crafted goal…


What Happened Next?
The goal from Juan Cayasso was enough to give them victory and Costa Rica remarkably beat Sweden too which meant they advanced to the second round. They narrowly lost to Brazil but second place in the group was enough to set up a tie with Czechoslovakia. They fell behind in the first half but just after half-time Los Ticos pulled it back level. In the final half an hour of the match they fell apart and ended up losing 4-1 but they nevertheless headed back to Central America as heroes.
Extras
Homage to Costa Rica 1990 here…Enjoy!

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